In a world where good fats and bad fats matter, what better way to incorporate good fats into your diet then the use of North America’s favourite fruit, the avocado. The creamy texture; sweet, yet savoury flavour; and the vibrant green of this gift from God can be used in so many different ways- the options seem limitless. Of course, cracking open a ripe avocado and sliding a spoon through the silky flesh is a delicacy on its own. However, creating a savoury dinner or a chocolaty dessert with the brilliant green fruit is a fantastic way to mix good fat substitutes into your everyday diet.
Stuffed Breakfast Avocado
It’s safe to say we’ve all be influenced by the avocado toast trend and, while it is a delicious breakfast option, using the avocado as a stuffed dish will elevate your breakfast from 0 to 100 real quick. The best part about baking avocados is that they don’t have to be even near ripened to use them, once the heat hits them, they ripen right away. After you halve the avocado and remove its core, stuff it with whatever savoury breakfast food you enjoy and bake, it’s super easy! Feel free to throw on some hot sauce right before you dive in to add a little flavourful kick.
If you don’t like hummus, like me, there is probably a pretty good chance you will like this avocado hummus. The use of the fruit creates a creamy effect that chickpeas alone can’t achieve, plus the flavour changes dramatically. The avocado cuts the semi-harsh chickpea flavour and the use of the other ingredients, like tahini and cilantro, enhances the beautiful, rich taste of our favourite good fat fruit. Even if you hate hummus, this recipe is definitively worth a try for a healthy afternoon snack.
Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing and Dip
Eating salad can suck sometimes, I know, but what I’ve recently come to discover is that the dressing can change a salad from a boring bowl of leaves to a tasty, elevated bowl of fun flavours. The only problem with most creamy salad dressings and vegetable dips is the unnecessary amount of calories and fat added, so it’s best to stay away. However, that sad life has changed with the discovery of this creamy avocado ranch dressing. As we know, avocado is naturally very creamy in texture, so substituting into a dressing recipe is a great alternative to achieve the decadent, bold flavour that we look for in a tasty salad dressing, all while saving ourselves from added bad fats.
Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto Pasta Sauce
Man, oh man, I love creamy pasta, but I don’t love the high contents of fat that come with the sauce, so you can imagine how happy I was when I came across this creamy avocado basil pesto sauce. Once again, avocado, as we know, is good fat, so substituting it for heavy creams lowers the fat numbers in sauces while still achieving the creaminess and delicious flavour that we love.
Avocado Lemon Cake
For all the sweet lovers out there, don’t think I forgot about you. The most beautiful thing about avocado is its limitless versatility, so incorporating it into your favourite desserts is not only brilliant but absolutely possible. This avocado lemon cake is a great recipe for when your craving a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack, just make sure that you use ripe avocados to achieve the sweetest, creamiest flavours.
Healthy Avocado Brownies
Just when you thought you’d never eat a seemingly healthy brownie in your life, I have news for you, these chocolaty avocado brownies are the closest thing to a healthy brownie you’ll find. Yes, not technically the picture of overall health but hey, we all need a little chocolate in our life from time to time and if we can eliminate bad fats with good fats all while indulging in the chocolate delicacy, then might as well give it a shot.